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Is Lipreading Possible?

Is lipreading possible? Yes it is! We all lipread to some degree, hard of hearing and hearing people too. It is possible to improve your communication by learning the lipreading strategies.

Is it 100% accurate? No, there are too many variants. Some people really do mumble. Others who don’t move their lips. There are men with big bushy mustaches and beards and there are people who are monotone. Yes, that affects ‘lipreading’ too, and much more. 

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Lipreading for Beginners

Here’s the first big tip for lipreading beginners: Lipreading is not just what’s on the lips. That’s a common misconception because of the name itself, “lipreading”. To move beyond this misconception, the term “speechreading” was coined. This is a little better because it says we use our remaining hearing but it still focuses too much on the mouth, voice and lip shapes. 

Why aren’t we using the term speechreading then? Because the majority of the population knows the term lipreading. When Chelle goes into public and says she uses speechreading, she gets a lot of blank looks. Lipreading it is until we all come up with a better name for it and that becomes widely known.

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Touring the Restaurant with Hearing Loss

Good afternoon and welcome to a session of Hearing Loss LIVE!’s Tour of the Hearing World. Let’s tour the restaurant with a hearing loss, which can be quite the challenge!

Join us as we travel through the land of the hearing, where English sounds like a foreign language…especially as waiters rattle off restaurant specials too fast for our hard of hearing ears. In this world, people don’t look at us while talking, which is essential to people with hearing loss. Also in this world, there are people who mumble and talk with their mouth full of food as we try to lipread. Together, we will dodge communication disasters creating more awareness as we go.

Pick your best seat (never feel guilty about picking your best seat) and enjoy our tour through the land of the Hearies, who don’t speak Hard of Hearing and do not understand the limits of hearing aids.

Today you have two of us as tour guides, Chelle and Julia! Two guides for the price of one! Today’s exploration is the restaurant…with hearing aids. Does it sound scary to you?  Restaurants are so awful that some hearing aid manufacturers have a dedicated setting called “restaurant”. We’re going to tuck you under our wing so you can observe the process with us. Julia will give us some hearing insight along the way. 

  • Ready?
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Michael Conley Playwright, Reading Lips

Our guest this week is playwright Michael Conley, who has hearing loss, talks about his play “Reading Lips“. Michael was born in a small town in Kansas. After high school in Chicago and college at the University Delaware, he moved to New York. He received his MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University. Michael currently resides in San Diego and is the Co-Vice President of the San Diego Chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America.

Michael’s plays have been presented in New York, San Diego and Philadelphia.

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Hearing Loss and Hearing Partners

Written by Julia Stepp

Is it only the person with hearing loss responsible for communication, or is it the hearing partner? The answer is, it’s both.

Communication is a two way street. Each person needs to do their part for true communication to happen.